Giganews Gets A Blog

A week ago, Giganews increased their retention of binary usenet posts from 70 days to 90 days. Now, they’ve setup an official Giganews blog. Their first post says they’ll use the blog to keep “customers up to date on everything going on at Giganews”. If the site content were left simply at that, there wouldn’t be much content at all. I don’t think Giganews has many problems that they need to inform customers about. Their service has always worked 100% for me.

Luckily, they’ll also be posting on usenet related technologies, so I don’t think there’ll be any lack of content. There’s a lot of interesting things going on in the usenet world at the moment. But I won’t go into that here.

Hooray for you Giganews!

Giganews Gets 90 Day Binary Retention

Really wasn’t expecting this, but I’ll take it. Giganews, a premium usenet provider, is increasing their retention on binary newsgroups from 70 days to 90 days. Here’s part of the announcement from the Giganews website:

Giganews, Inc. announced today a storage increase for single and multi-part binary newsgroups. Over the next few weeks retention in these newsgroups will start to grow to an unprecedented 90 days. Giganews’ current binary newsgroup retention of 70 days will increase day by day as the additional storage starts to fill with new articles.


Giganews has to be one of the first, if not the first company to provide binary retention greater than 70 days. 90 day binary retention is pretty much unheard of. Lots of usenet providers don’t even have 90 day text retention. That’s why Giganews is the best though. Currently, their retention for text newsgroups is around 1,150 days.

So, if you’re looking for or are interested in a premium usenet service, I’d suggest Giganews. I’ve been a customer of theirs for a little over one year now. The service has been totally transparent for me, it works all the time and I always max out my downstream bandwidth. 🙂

Don’t Pay For BitTorrent

TorrentFreak has a post warning users not to pay for BitTorrent. Apparently, there’s lots of ads circulating that try to dupe the viewer into purchasing a piece of software that is most likely free.

Most of them are lured by misleading advertisement, and flashy banners. They end up paying $3-$30 for a completely free application. In the best case they receive a couple of links to bittorrent search engines, and a bittorrent client. Support e-mails are simply ignored.

Pretty lame, but I’d imagine it’s a pretty successful method for bringing in quick cash. On the defensive, Bittorrent Inc. has launched an advertisement campaign warning users not to pay for BitTorrent. It reads “The Official BitTorrent is entirely free. Spell it with 2 Ts and 2 Rs”.

Ernesto, the guy that runs TorrentFreak, has noticed some of these “pay for bittorrent” ads showing up on his site. He’s managed to blacklist a number of them but they just keep popping up. And his blacklist is full, so he can’t add anymore. Google should take aim at these advertisers since they’re obviously making money off a free program.

But just remember, don’t pay for BitTorrent, ever. There’s a plethora of free clients out there. Don’t pay for access to sites purporting to give access to bittorrent movies and music, they’re most likely a scam. And besides that, almost any torrent can be found on a number of BitTorrent search engines and public trackers. Bottom line is you shouldn’t have to pay a penny to use BitTorrent to it’s fullest extent. It’s all free people.

Head over to TorrentFreak for more details. Ernesto has an image of one of the Bittorrent Inc. advertisements that are currently running to warn people not to pay for BitTorrent.

John Edwards Using BitTorrent

John Edwards, a democratic presidential candidate in 2004 is using BitTorrent to distribute his campaign media. He’s hosting his torrent files at MoveDigital, a company that basically sells bandwidth and uses bittorrent to distribute files once they’re nicely seeded. Here’s a piece from their FAQ:

Unlike other services, MoveDigital only deducts bandwidth from your account after the entire direct download is completed. If a direct download is stopped before completion, no bandwidth is deducted. For P2P traffic generated by MoveDigital on your behalf and for mobile streams, bandwidth is deducted on a per-byte transferred basis.